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St. Louis Argus 1915-1926

St. Louis Argus Newspaper (1915-1926)
This collection contains digitized and enhanced issues of the St. Louis Argus scanned from micro-film for the years 1915-1926. The St. Louis Argus, while not technically the 'first' black newspaper in St. Louis, became the most recognizable name in the black journalism locally for much of the 20th century.

For a few articles on the Argus please see the following link​ to the St. Louis Media History foundation: http://www.stlmediahistory.com/index.php/Print/PrintPublicationHistory/st.-louis-argus

This collection contains about 10 years of Argus print, topics of interest range from the East St. Louis Race Riots to the Pine Street YMCA fundraising drive, negro league baseball and beyond.

On my blog I highlighted in two posts editorials and articles relating to the 1915-1916 fight to oppose the passage of a segregation ordinance. You can find that here:
https://archivingstl.wordpress.com/2016/05/09/the-st-louis-segregation-ordinance-in-argus-editorials/

https://archivingstl.wordpress.com/2016/05/10/st-louis-segregation-ordinance-part-2/

This work was done by Mark Loehrer, St. Louis Historian, while working on his undergraduate in History from the University of Missouri St Louis. 
This project was blessed by the University of Missouri St. Louis, State Historical Society Research Center.

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This project is aimed at bringing to life the history of St. Louis and the region through the unique lens of public policy. The purpose of this project is to provide researchers, students, and the general public with a greater understanding of our region’s history, development and missed opportunities. I cannot be held responsible if this project depresses you–my hope would be that it instead inspires you to create/shape better, more inclusive and empathetic public policy. These documents...
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated: 5/20/1921 Interesting article featuring "word from a Klansman" posted in the editorial section giving insight to the mind behind the prejudiced organization...
Topics: klu klux klan, fire fighters, J.E. Mitchell, Governor Hyde, tarred and feathered, lynch mob, Bishop...
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated: 10/14/1921 Large article/expose in the second half of this issue condemning the St. Louis City Board of Alderman for failing to pass an anti-Klu Klux Klan statement.
Topics: black newspaper, Globe Democrat, St. Louis Cardinals, Negro league baseball, St. Louis Post...
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated 4/18/1919
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated: 7/6/1917 East St. Louis Race Riot issue (Pt1)
Topics: race riot, naacp, Tom Turpin, chicago, Ferdenand L. Barnett, refugees, William H. Hoffman, east st....
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated 7/12/1917 East St. Louis Riot follow-up. Issue contains a plethora of information concerning the visit by W.E.B. DuBois, as well as his attempts to organize and strengthen the local NAACP organization, using the Race Riots as a catalyst for local community support. 1-4 articles containing references indirectly or directly relating to W.E.B DuBois
Topics: race riot, segregation, anti-segregation, theodore reoosevelt, madame c.j. walker, "The Grey...
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated: 6/15/1917 Interesting issue, highlights outrage in African American community over being forced into Army by draft, whereas whites were incorporated by volunteerism.
Topics: segregation, ww1, fort des moines, negro soldiers, Tuskegee institute, negro business league,...
St. Louis Argus 1915-1926
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated: 7/21/1916 Missing previous issue, July 15, 1916
Topics: mass meeting, pythian hall, naacp, waco horror, anti-lynching fund, negro soldiers, Bert Williams,...
St. Louis Argus 1915-1926
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated: 6/22/1917
Topics: ww1, great war, negro soldiers, colored soldiers, war department, ymca, ywca, poro college,...
St. Louis Argus 1915-1926
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated: 7/25/1919
Topic: black newspapers
St. Louis Argus 1915-1926
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated: 11/21/1919 Awesome Military/Army Pictorial Section
Topics: black newspaper, Governor Gardner, Moberly Murders, President Wilson, Roosevelt Memorial...
St. Louis Argus 1915-1926
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated 3/28/1919 Editorial and Articles featured that celebrate the opening of the newly created Pine Street YMCA
Topics: black newspapers, Board of Aldermen, City Elections, Democratic Party, Republican Party, East St....
St. Louis Argus 1915-1926
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated: 7/20/1917 Issue contains pertinent information concerning the prior riots in the city of East St. Louis as well as NAACP responses both from personalities such as Marcus Garvey and W.E.B. Du Bois. Issue is well structured, and quality is near perfect.
Topics: race riot, east st. louis, ymca, ywca, poro college, senator sherman, dean kelly miller, howard...
St. Louis Argus 1915-1926
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated: 8/27/1915
Topics: 1917 Republican convention, knights of pythias, mosiacs, william h. fields, crystal city, poro...
St. Louis Argus 1915-1926
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated: 1/21/1916
Topics: charles turpin, Joe Bright, Emma Fredericks, Florence Sewell, C.H. Turner, homer g. phillips, ymca,...
St. Louis Argus 1915-1926
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated: 2/18/1916
Topics: segregation law, contributions to segregation law, united welfare association, st. paul revival,...
St. Louis Argus 1915-1926
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated: 4/22/1921
Topics: governor hyde, lincoln university, naacp, anti-lynching law, peonage, orphans home, poro college,...
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St. Louis Argus Newspaper, issue dated: 3/12/1915
Topics: Bishop Caldwell, w. monroe trotter, automobile, A. H. Frederick, hampton institute, mass meeting,...
St. Louis Argus 1915-1926
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated: 7/27/1917
Topics: ywca, ymca, poro college, race riot, east st. louis, poro building, old folks' home, A.W. Lloyd,...
St. Louis Argus 1915-1926
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated: 6/16/1916 Needs some cleanup/brightness/contrast/blur
Topics: W. T. Scott, ymca, ywca, Democratic Convention, william jennings bryan, Pythian Monitor, St. Louis...
St. Louis Argus 1915-1926
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated: 4/29/1921
Topics: peonage, slavery, dunbar hotel, Branch Rickey, St. Louis Cardinals, ymca, ywca, J.H. Eason,...
St. Louis Argus 1915-1926
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated: 5/25/1917
Topics: race riot, segregation, jim crow, southern, lynch mob, mob law, ymca, ywca, poro college, wheatley...
St. Louis Argus 1915-1926
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated: 7/8/1921 Issue Headline; Governor Hyde Comes out in Support of Anti-Lynching Law
Topics: black newspapers, Governor Hyde, YWCA Conference, Carnegie Hero Award, Naacp, William Howard Taft,...
St. Louis Argus 1915-1926
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated: 5/12/1916
Topics: Negro Field Day, school segregation, H.A. Smith, ymca, ywca, "Jim Crowed", National...
St. Louis Argus 1915-1926
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated: 12/3/1915
Topics: segregation, j. milton turner, russell ownes company, harry mckoin, ymca, ywca, J.E. Moorland,...
St. Louis Argus 1915-1926
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated: 9/30/1921
Topics: black newspaper, Klu Klux Klan, Dr. T.J. Moppins, Veiled Prophet Parade, Negro Policemen, L.C....
St. Louis Argus 1915-1926
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated: 12/23/1921
Topics: black newspaper, Christmas Edition, Second World Colored Congress, B.F. Bowles, YMCA, YWCA, Pine...
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated: 7/21/1915
Topics: crystal city, charity carnival, poro college, poro agents, wheatley branch, ymca, ywca, webster...
St. Louis Argus 1915-1926
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated: 4/15/1921
Topics: black newspaper, segregation, lynching, klu klux klan, daughters of the confederacy, president...
St. Louis Argus 1915-1926
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated: 5/14/1915
Topics: mayor henry kiel, Woodrow Wilson, Wilsonian racial politics, verna dean clemmons, st. louis giants,...
St. Louis Argus 1915-1926
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated: 5/26/1916
Topics: Dr. B.G. Shaw, dentist, ymca, ywca, oxford college, Dr. G.B. Key, Booker Washington Theater,...
St. Louis Argus 1915-1926
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated: 4/18/1917
Topics: ywca, ymca, poro college, fundraising, Birth of a Nation, Race baiting, anti-movies bill, Friedman...
St. Louis Argus 1915-1926
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated 12/15/1916
Topics: Frank M. Slater, ywca, ymca, poro college, segregation, marcus garvey, Dr. Bolden, standard life...
St. Louis Argus 1915-1926
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated 9/7/1917
Topics: overcrowded schools, Lincoln School, Sumner High School, ymca, ywca, fundraising, pine street,...
St. Louis Argus 1915-1926
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated: 2/23/1917
Topics: Mayor Henry Kiel, Louise Abbott, "The Unborn" movie, birth control, lynching, Supreme...
St. Louis Argus 1915-1926
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated: 1/4/1918
Topic: black newspaper
St. Louis Argus 1915-1926
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated: 10/28/1921 Interesting Cover Page story discussing comments made by President Harding regarding racial equality, limits his words to "political equality"
Topics: black newspapers, President Harding, tarred and feathered, klu klux klan, Roosevelt, Colored...
St. Louis Argus 1915-1926
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated 1/28/1921 Issue suffers from very light print--due in part to poor quality of film scanned, I've done my best to make it readable.
Topics: st. louis, black newspaper, memphis, gasoline explosion, A.W. Lloyd, President Taft, Negro rights,...
St. Louis Argus 1915-1926
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated: 9/2/1921 Fascinating article regarding Provident Association in second half of issue.
Topics: black newspaper, Klu Klux Klan, Walthall Moore, negro league baseball, st. louis giants, Naacp,...
St. Louis Argus 1915-1926
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated: 5/6/1921
Topics: lynching, naacp, anti-lynching meeting, peonage, Charles S. Morris, ymca, ywca, garvey movement,...
St. Louis Argus 1915-1926
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated: 11/9/1917
Topics: military draft, negro soldiers, World War 1, lynching, East St. Louis, race riot, Dr. J.E. Hurt,...
St. Louis Argus 1915-1926
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated: 2/2/1917 Key Homer G. Phillips article on lower right corner of page 1, obscured due to poor quality scan, rescan and upload at a later date (10/19/12)
Topics: negro migration, Kinloch, alton, meacham park, Rev. J.H. Crooks, pullman porter, utopia hotel,...
St. Louis Argus 1915-1926
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated: 6/27/1919
Topic: black newspapers
St. Louis Argus 1915-1926
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated: 10/11/1918
Topics: black newspaper, President Wilson, World War One, Great War, Ymca, Ywca, Urban League, Black...
St. Louis Argus 1915-1926
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated: 6/8/1917
Topics: race riot, east st. louis, naacp, naacp relief fund, northern factories, great migration, northern...
St. Louis Argus 1915-1926
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated: 8/19/1921
Topics: black newspapers, Knights of Pythian, Major John R. Lynch, Henry Lincoln Johnson, Klu Klux Klan,...
St. Louis Argus 1915-1926
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated 2/18/1921 Issue has some issues relating to clarity of print due to the poor quality of scanning material. I have done my best to make reading as easy as possible.
Topics: Walthall M. Moore, education, Calvin Coolidge, lynch mobs, William H. Dorsey, disenfranchisement,...
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated: 11/25/1921
Topics: black newspapers, Clifford Taylor, Admiral Kato, Japanese Prisoners of War, Klu Klux Klan, Urban...
St. Louis Argus 1915-1926
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated: 1/15/1915
Topics: segregation, trotter, ymca, ywca, annie malone, poro college, slaughter system, st. louis giants,...
St. Louis Argus 1915-1926
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated: 3/9/1917
Topics: supreme lodge, ymca, ywca, poro college, wheatley branch, Frank Williams, Dr. C.H. Turner, Malone,...
St. Louis Argus 1915-1926
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated: 4/21/1916 Important Issue: Judge Dyer's Injunction against Segregation Ordinance
Topics: Judge D.P. Dyer, Segregation Ordinance, Injunction, L. Wilburn Messer, ymca, ywca, poro college,...
St. Louis Argus 1915-1926
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated: 8/2/1918
Topics: black newspaper, election, world war one, draftee list, Homer G. Phillips, Jay L. Torrey, President...
St. Louis Argus 1915-1926
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated: 12/6/1918 The paper makes mention on the cover of the purchase of the Osborne Plant. Fair to say at this time the paper is picking up speed and popularity.
Topics: black newspaper, YWCA, Membership Drive, Poro College, Red Cross, YMCA Boosters, Orphan's Home,...
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated: 11/1/1918
Topics: black newspaper, YMCA, YWCA, Naacp, World War One, Great War, Poro College Grand Opening,...
St. Louis Argus 1915-1926
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated: 5/18/1917
Topics: ywca, ymca, ww1, great war, colored soldiers, poro college, webster groves, farmington, meacham...
St. Louis Argus 1915-1926
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated: 12/20/1921
Topics: black newspapers, Eugene Field School Mass Convention, Frank Slater, Republican Party, Pan African...
St. Louis Argus 1915-1926
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated: 11/3/1916
Topics: election of 1916, woodrow wilson, republican party, democratic party, lynching, Charles Turpin,...
St. Louis Argus 1915-1926
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated: 4/2/1920
Topics: black newspaper, lily white party, Dr. L. K. Williams, Mass meeting, ywca campaign, ymca campaign,...
St. Louis Argus 1915-1926
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated: 9/20/1918
Topics: black newspaper, war draft, colored soldiers, black soldiers, Great War, World War One, ymca, ywca,...
St. Louis Argus 1915-1926
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated: 3/12/1920
Topics: black newspaper, Charles Nagle, Liberty League, NAACP, Urban League, YMCA, YWCA, Negro Leadership,...
St. Louis Argus 1915-1926
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated: 4/2/1915
Topics: orphan home, Dr. C.H. Phillips Jr., Charles Turpin, B.E. Watkins, J.R. Wilson, poro college, east...
St. Louis Argus 1915-1926
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated: 4/14/1916
Topics: race loyalty, buy negro only, Scullin Steel, National Negro Press Association, City Federation of...
St. Louis Argus 1915-1926
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated: 6/29/1917
Topics: ymca, ywca, draft, ww1, great war, negro soldiers, naacp, poro college, Annie Malone, Y membership...
St. Louis Argus 1915-1926
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated: 6/17/1921
Topics: black newspaper, Tulsa Race War, Tulsa, Leo Vaughn, J.E. Mitchell, YMCA, YWCA: Urban League, Poro...
St. Louis Argus 1915-1926
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated 2/28/1919
Topics: st. louis clarion, african american newspaper, st. louis argus, Dr. Shaw, Garden of Eden,...
St. Louis Argus 1915-1926
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated 10/24/1919
Topics: black newspaper, Hospital No. 2, Poro College, Roosevelt Memorial Association, White...
St. Louis Argus 1915-1926
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated: 11/8/1918
Topics: black newspaper, Aaron E. Malone, Homer G. Phillips, Tom Turpin, Wheatley Branch, YWCA, YMCA,...
St. Louis Argus 1915-1926
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated: 8/18/1916 Needs cleanup work
Topics: industrial opportunities, Woodrow Wilson, Republican Party, Senator Tillman, Peorians, st. louis...
St. Louis Argus 1915-1926
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated: 8/5/1921
Topics: black newspapers, Shriner Parade, Attorney General, Supreme Court, President Harding, Anti-Lynching...
St. Louis Argus 1915-1926
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated: 10/21/1921
Topics: black newspaper, Klu Klux Klan, New York Mayoral Declaration, Knights of Pythian, Victor Miller,...
St. Louis Argus 1915-1926
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated: 10/22/1915
Topics: segregation, civil rights, ymca, ywca, poro college, annie malone, baptist convention, Methodist...
St. Louis Argus 1915-1926
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated: 3/11/1921
Topics: Phillip H. Brown, naacp, ymca, ywca, C.C. Carter, national negro press association, segregation...
St. Louis Argus 1915-1926
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated: 2/26/1915
Topics: peerless knights, a.m.e.z. church, "Rube" Foster, James W. Grant, Silver Grill, J.H....
St. Louis Argus 1915-1926
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated 1/19/1917
Topics: segregation, civil rights, jim crow, lynching, 1917, Governor Stanley, Charles Bush, Denny Smith,...
St. Louis Argus 1915-1926
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St. Louis Argus newspaper, issue dated: 12/17/1915
Topics: segregation law, John W. Gilbert, ymca, ywca, national baptist convention, wayne e. wheeling,...